Let’s talk about aromatherapy careers
Aromatherapy is the use of plant extract and natural aromatic materials for healing psychological and physical wellbeing. It is a holistic healing treatment also popularly known as essential oil therapy. It could be used alongside conventional standard treatment. All over the world, there are many professionals who made their aromatherapy careers helping individuals leading better lives.
The beginning was as early as during the Neolithic Period when plants and herbs were used, as indicated by the findings of such herbs in the graves dated approximately 7000 – 8000 years back. Evidence indicates that plants and herbs have been used for centuries by ancient civilizations in India, China, and Egypt for medicinal, culinary, cosmetic and religious purposes. Some greek physicians also used herbs to treat various ailments.
The word “aromatherapy” was first used by a Fresh chemist and a scholar René-Maurice Gattefossé. He is also regarded as the Father of Aromatherapy. While working in the lab of the cosmetic farm owned and named after his family, he mistakenly burned his hand during an experiment and inadvertently plunged in a tub of lavender oil, which was placed just next to him. He was amazed to see how quickly it had healed him burn with leaving only a few little scars. He was so fascinated with this that he started to experiment on the wounded soldiers during the First World War.
Aromatherapy Oil Uses
This complementary therapy can be used in two different ways:
Sense of smell
Any smell is directly linked to our brain. That is why, it makes us hungry, relaxed, happy or sad. Aromatherapy is now being recognized as a science and is also listed in the NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners. It has gained its position in palliative care and increasingly preferred over conventional treatment.
Essential oils have splendid medicinal properties. Skin absorption works through aromatherapy massage. During the massage, essential oil(s) is added to a carrier oil also known as base oil like coconut oil, Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil, etc. Aromatherapy massage usually lasts somewhere between sixty to ninety minutes. The application could be tailored according to the need of the client.
Aromatherapy, when performed in the right manner can offer a multitude of benefits. Let’s learn some of them here:
Reduce the stress level
It can soothe our mind and help us cope with our everyday stress. Few of the best essential oil for this purpose are lemon oil, lavender oil, peppermint oil, ylang-ylang oil. Studies also show that lemon oil can mend your mood and lessen outburst of anger.
Some of the Essential oils have anti-depressant properties such as jasmine oil, peppermint, chamomile, and lavender. Although it does not alter mainstream medicine in severe cases.
Boosts Immune system
Peppermint, Oregano, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus are few of the essential oils that help in stimulating the immune system. Some essential oils also act as antiseptics which fight with infections.
Increases Energy Level
Few of Essential oils that help boost energy level are black paper, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, rosemary, sage, tea tree.
The practitioner can apply Jasmine, benzoin, neroli, chamomile, rose, sandalwood, sweet marjoram, and ylang-ylang, lavender to regulate the sleeping pattern.
Relieves Headache and migraine
You can try using these essential oils like peppermint, sandalwood, eucalyptus, and rosemary. You can also add with a carrier oil to get the desired result.
lemon and orange, ginger, dill, fennel, chamomile, lavender essential oils are used in treating digestion issues.
Accelerates healing process
It boosts the healing process through relaxation and the relief of stress. It offers a pharmacological effect and can provide good benefit when applied with conventional medicines or as an alternative.
Skills to excel in Aromatherapy Careers are:
- A serene attitude while dealing with clients.
- Great listening ability is a must.
- Practicing empathy.
- Thorough know-how of plants and their healing properties.
- Being professional and well organized.
- Referring a client to a physician as and when needed.
- Being social media savvy, when you are running your own business.
Now the question is how to become a Registered Aromatherapist?
To become a registered aromatherapist (RA) and practice on your own you must pass the ARC (Aromatherapy Registration Council’s) examination. Let’s have a look at it:
- You should complete a minimum of 200 hours of level II or Level III aromatherapy program which follows the current NAHA (National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy) or AIA (Alliance of International Aromatherapists) education guidelines.
- Download a handbook which will help you understand the road map and content of the program including the fee structure.
- ARC examination is a computer or pen and paper test.
- Fill in the application and pay the required fee to sit for the examination.
- Once you have successfully completed the examination, the ARC will automatically list your name and details on their website.
Just for your knowledge, as a Registered Aromatherapist you cannot:
- Diagnose disease
- Treat disease
- Prescribe drug
- Perform tough therapy like reflexology, Chiropractic or massage without a license.
Aromatherapy Courses in India
Now when you have made your mind and found your calling, you may want to do a course to start your aromatherapy careers. So, followings are the courses that you can pursue in India:
- Basic Aromatherapy Course
- Bachelor of Aromatherapy
- Certificate course in Aromatherapy
- Diploma in Aromatherapy
- Post-Graduation Diploma in Aromatherapy
How much does an Aromatherapist earn?
In the USA, on average, you can make 25$ – 65$ an hour. However, over a year you can make 25,000$ – 45000$.
In India, on average, an Aromatherapist can earn up to Rs. 15,000/- to 25,000/- per month and Rs.300/- to Rs.500/- per session. However, an experienced aromatherapist can earn up to Rs.1,00,00/- depending upon the number of clients they serve and the word of mouth their clients spread.
We hope this article helps you start your journey in the world of Aromatherapy careers and serving the world with your healing touch. Let us know how you like the article and if you have any specific question in your mind. We shall again come back with another not so known career choice just for YOU.